The Plastics Dilemma is Real

“The world will continue to accumulate more and more plastic. The benefits associated with plastics contrast with the way the world manages its end-of-life disposal, thereby creating the “Plastics Dilemma”. ”

Created through the essential nature of plastics vs mismanagement of plastic waste.

  • Single Use is applied to most plastics applications both discretionary and essential
  • Discretionary uses or bans account for a fraction of all single-use applications.
  • Managing Plastic waste without creating unacceptable impacts on the human condition


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The End-to-End Situation

  • Plastics end-of-life situation gets much worse before it gets better.
  • Unprecedented investments in scaled technology and infrastructure of recycling is critical to address the increasing demand gap.
  • Effective management of plastics waste will require a
  • the fundamental shift in priorities by all stakeholders.

The New Rules

  • The policy will drive the transition; carbon will determine the competitive positioning
  • Across the value chain, stakeholders are seeking an effective policy that supports a fair competitive environment.

Competitive stakes


Success is possible, but the competitive stakes have never been higher.


  • Scenario analyses suggest recycling can be competitive at scale with comparable investment compared to “business as usual”
  • Competitive positioning will develop using a new set of rules.  
  • Viable economic and carbon emissions business models are embryonic — supporting policy and accelerated scaling of assets needed to drive change and address tradeoffs to carbon emissions

Moving to a Circular Economy

The transition to a circular model for plastics is underway and taking place within the broader structural shifts within the energy transition.

Chemical Market Analytics, Circular Plastics Services, provides a comprehensive, scenario-based evaluation of how the plastics value chain is expected to transition from a linear to a circular economy.

Helping you address key questions including:

  • How do companies understand and sort through the complex interplay between production and recycling economics, emissions, societal needs, and resources?
  • To what degree and at what pace will post-consumer recycling infrastructure and technology scale and accelerate to meet targets?
  • How do companies define their competitive position in a circular environment?
  • How will economics for circularity be developed; and what role will policy play?
  • What is the potential for any unintended consequences of regulations and policies along the entire value chain?

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